September 7, 2018

Katie Smith Enters the Naismith Hall of Fame


The official enshrinement ceremony is Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Symphony Hall. The ceremony can be seen live on NBA TV.

Katie Smith is one of the greatest Buckeyes of all time. A native of Logan, Ohio, Smith played for the Buckeyes from 1992-1996 where she led Ohio State to a national runner-up finish in 1993 and was named Big Ten Player of the Year (1996). Smith scored 2,578 career points which is third in school history and in 2001, she was the first female Buckeye athlete to have her number retired.

With the ABL’s Columbus Quest, Smith was a two-time ABL All-Star (1997, 1998) and two-time ABL Champion (1997, 1998). Smith was a WNBA Finals MVP (2008) and two-time WNBA Champion with the Detroit Shock (2006, 2008). She was selected as an All-Star seven times (2000-2003, 2005, 2006, 2009), and was named to the WNBA’s Top 20 at 20 in 2016. Smith is the all-time leading scorer in women’s professional basketball, having scored over 7,000 points in both her ABL and WNBA career. As a member of USA Basketball, Smith earned FIBA World Championship gold in 1998 and 2002, and Olympic gold in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Smith just completed her first year as the head coach of the New York Liberty.